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Storm wreaks havoc on high school section schedules

Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco put the playoffs on hold Tuesday, the result of an afternoon storm that dropped rain as it passed over the San Joaquin Valley.

His decision has affected a handful of Stanislaus District softball and baseball teams, who will instead play today.

If the rain were to continue later this week, the section might have to juggle some locations and times. That could put some teams at a disadvantage, particularly if they lack depth in their pitching staff.

High school pitchers are forbidden from throwing more than 10 innings in a week, but a greater concern is one team getting extra rest while its opponent has to keep playing.

If some games are pushed to Thursday or Friday, it likely means those pitchers would not be physically ready to go in the Memorial Day finals.

That's not as much of an issue for softball, which no inning limit. Pitchers routinely throw two games in one day.

BASEBALL

Division 4: Oakdale faces Rio Linda and Manteca meets El Dorado at 4 p.m. at McAuliffe Field in Sacramento for Game 2 of the best-of-three series. Oakdale and El Dorado lead 1-0 and a third game — if needed — will follow tonight.

Division 5: Central Catholic faces Linden at Zupo Field in Lodi at 4. Central leads the series 1-0, and Escalon is waiting to see which team it will face in a Memorial Day final.

Division 1: Beyer and Turlock were scheduled to play today at 7 at University of the Pacific, so no change here.

SOFTBALL

Division 1: Johansen was scheduled to play Napa today at 5 at the Sacramento Softball Complex, the first of two possible two games. If the sky is clear, Johansen is ready.

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